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COVID-19: reducing transmission – what you can do to help

Published 13th August

The actions outlined in this guidance will reduce your chance of catching COVID-19 or passing it on to others. You should think about each point carefully and plan how you will follow this guidance in your daily life.

If you live in an area with local restrictions in place because of higher transmission of COVID-19, you should follow the advice for your area

For more information go to the Government website

Domestic abuse: get help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) outbreak (translations and easy read version)

Updated 13th August

Guidance for people without English as a first language about how to get help if you or someone you know is a victim of domestic abuse.

To download copies go to the Government website

Air conditioning and ventilation during the coronavirus outbreak

Good ventilation can help reduce the risk of spreading coronavirus in the workplace.

It is important to focus on improving general ventilation, preferably through fresh air or mechanical systems.

Where possible, consider ways to maintain and increase the supply of fresh air, for example by opening windows and doors (unless fire doors).

Find out more about using air conditioning and general ventilation during the coronavirus outbreak.

Babies in lockdown: listening to parents to build back better

This report, published by Best Beginnings, Home-Start UK, and the Parent-Infant Foundation, looks at the issues faced by parents who have been pregnant, given birth or have a child under 2 during lockdown. Some families from Home-Start Hull took part in the report

The headline findings are:

  • COVID-19 has affected parents, babies and the services that support them in diverse ways
  • Families already at risk of poorer outcomes have suffered the most
  • The pandemic will cast a long shadow

You can download it as a pdf below

Babies in Lockdown listening to parents to build back better

Student guide to appeals and malpractice or maladministration complaints: summer 2020

Updated 13th August

If you have concerns about how your grades were calculated, this information should help you understand whether you might have a reason to make an appeal or a complaint about malpractice or maladministration, including if you have concerns about bias or discrimination.

It applies to students receiving results for GCSE, AS and A levels, Extended Project Qualifications (EPQ) and Advanced Extension Awards (AEA) in maths regulated by Ofqual and offered by AQA, OCR, Pearson, WJEC Eduqas, ASDAN and City & Guilds.

A BSL signed version of this guide is available, in 5 parts, on Ofqual’s YouTube channel: BSL student guide to appeals, malpractice and complaints: summer 2020.

For more information go to the Government website

Transport to school and other places of education: autumn term 2020

Published 11th August

This guidance will apply from the start of the autumn term. It applies to local authorities in England. It will also be of interest to schools, further education providers and transport operators in England.

It provides guidance on:

  • managing capacity and demand on public transport
  • taking measures to reduce risk on dedicated home to school or college transport

For more information go to the Government website

Stay at home: guidance for households with possible or confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection

Updated 12th August

This guidance is intended for:

  • people with symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus, and do not require hospital treatment, who must remain at home until they are well
  • those living in households with someone who shows symptoms that may be caused by coronavirus

Updated translated versions and the easy read version to reflect changes to core guidance around the isolation period

For more information go to the Government website

Guidance for contacts of people with confirmed coronavirus (COVID-19) infection who do not live with the person

Updated 12th August

This guidance is for people who have been notified by NHS Test and Trace that they are a contact of a person who has had a positive test result for coronavirus (COVID-19).

The information has been updated to reflect the extension of self-isolation from 7 to 10 days and translated versions have now been updated to reflect changes to core guidance.

For more information go to the Government website

Over 5,000 redundancies announced in the charity sector since May

From Civil Society

More than 5,300 redundancies have been announced by charities over the last three months, research by New Philanthropy Capital (NPC) has found. NPC is collating data on job cuts and redundancy consultations at charities, which have become increasingly common over the past few months as the financial consequences of the Covid-19 lockdown become apparent. NPC’s tracker shows that so far 33 charities have shared plans to make 5,366 redundancies between 12 May and today. More than 3,800 were announced in July alone, ahead of the furlough scheme winding down from August onwards.  The vast majority of charities included in the research are big charities with millions in income. The National Trust has announced the highest number of redundancies (1,200), followed by the National Trust for Scotland (429) and the National Theatre (400 casual staff).

You can read the full article here

Covid-19 has led to collapse in charities’ confidence about income, research finds

From Civil Society

Charities are significantly less confident about their future income from a range of sources following the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, according to research out today.  Third Sector Trends Covid-19 Impact Survey finds that “there has been a collapse in confidence about future income levels”, with 56% of those surveyed expecting income to fall over the next two years, compared to 16% in 2019.  Researchers set out to see how attitudes had changed since the original Third Sector Trends study, which took place between July and December 2019 and surveyed over 4,000. These findings are based on 400 responses in England and Wales in late June and early July.

You can read the full article here

You can read the report here